Ike Davis is still struggling. There is no going around it but something needs to change if he is to get things together and to be successful in the big leagues. In order for Ike to get things right, he needs to hit 2nd in the lineup. Hitting 2nd puts Ike right in front of David Wright. This will get him good pitches to hit and less breaking balls because guys don’t want to walk him to get to David. Batting in front of Thole, pitchers pitch him to get him out. If he is in front of Wright, pitchers will throw to him like they don’t want to throw to Wright with guys on base. This could help Ike get his season, and potentially his career back on track.
3 Standout Performances:
- Dillon Gee pitched great tonight going 7 innings, let up 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.
- Ike Davis hit a huge 3 run homer to give the Mets the lead off Hanson.
- Jason Bay robbed a homer from Jack Wilson, and hit one of his own in the 9th.
Dillon Gee was spectacular tonight. I was most impressed when he was in a jam in the 7th. He is a change up pitcher, however he got two crucial outs on strikeouts with his fastball. The kid knows how to pitch.
Ike seems to be getting his stride back as he hit his 2nd homer in as many games. Hanson threw him 5 straight curveballs in an at bat and Ike simply drove the 5th one out.
Jason is no where close to back yet. However, he is getting out of constant booing. He plays a great left field and still has some pop. Hopefully this will continue.
David Wright got on base twice for the 7th straight game, he has been on fire.
Thats 2 more scoreless for the bullpen. Alderson has done well here.
Everyone should just break their fingers…it helps apparently.
Grade for the Game: A-
Ike Davis getting ready to bat
Mets fans are starting to act like Astros fans (no offense), but some of the lack of optimism that I have been hearing for this year makes me feel like some people feel this team will be as bad as the 1962, “worst team in history,” Mets…or the 2012 Houston Astros. Anyways, we have room for optimism where we could win. Yes, Reyes is gone. Boo Hoo get over it already. Our offense wasn’t awful last year, really it wasn’t. We scored more runs than the Phillies last year. Some might say, “Oh but without Jose..” Jose doesn’t matter because he only played in 120 games last year and we are basically gaining an all-star caliber first baseman back in Ike Davis, and a full year of Lucas Duda. We could also expect bounce backs from Bay and Wright due to the moved in fences. That should more than make up for the departure of Reyes. Next, the worst part of our year last year was the pitching. We basically traded for an ace with the return of Johan Santana this season, Niese and Gee will improve, and Dickey is a lock to be good this year in my mind. Pelfrey is the one guy who could struggle once again. The absolute worst part of the season last year, however, was the bullpen. Our bullpen was crap last year. So what do we do this year? We get a reliable 7th inning guy, 8th inning guy, and 9th inning guy in Ramirez, Rauch, and Francisco. We also have Acosta, Byrdak, Carrasco, and maybe Parnell (if he can learn how to pitch.) Every aspect of this team has improved from last year whether it was trading and signing players or having players return from injury. How about some optimism people?! This is a young team who could really impress and surprise the baseball world. And on the aspect of the division being strong? Talk to Tampa Bay, they were supposed to be awful because Crawford left and they made the playoffs. You play 162 games…anything can happen.
- Mike Pelfrey went 6 2/3 innings and let up 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts. He also hit an RBI double from the plate.
- Ike Davis had a hit which what a 2 run single in the 1st.
- Izzy, Byrdak, and K-Rod all pitched scoreless outings tonight.
- Jose Reyes hit a double while Paulino and Turner had base hits.
- Daniel Murphy had 2 hits tonight.
Mike Pelfrey had a great outing tonight as he controlled all of his pitches. I am still personally not a fan of Mike Pelfrey, but he pitched well tonight and got the win.The runs he gave up were all on solo homers.
Now here is the play that I had a problem with. The play that Ike got hurt. Ike and Wright collided on a ball that was popped in the air in front of the pitchers mound. Ike hurt his calf, however the collision was not the problem to me. Pelfrey was the problem. Pelfrey should have either fielded the ball OR helped Ike and Wright out and told them they were near eachother. What did he do? He stood there, and watched. Help out your team mates Pelf.
Tim Byrdak pitched great as he got Helton on a 3 pitch strikeout to end the 8th.
What a strange at bat right after the rain delay. The at-bat consisted of 2 pitchers, and 2 hitters. It was Pelfrey vs. Fowler before the rain delay, then after it was Izzy vs. Fowler. Fowler fouled a ball off his knee and came out of the game so it was Izzy vs. Spilborghs in one at bat. Weird Stuff.
The Mets are not 3-8 in one run games.
Grade for the Game: B+
- Chris Capuano went 6 2/3 innings tonight and lets up 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts.
- Murphy and David Wright each had a hit.
- Ike Davis had 2 hits.
- Jason Bay did not record a hit, but hit an RBI groundout where he reached base. However, the play was ruled as an error.
- Buchholz and Byrdak combined for 1 1/3 scoreless.
As I say everytime that Capuano pitches, he is a great 5th starter as he kept the Mets in the game again. He struggled in the 1st, but really settled down afterwards. I was shaky with him at first in the rotation, but now I think I’ve grown to like him.
There was one play where Murphy was thrown out at the plate when it was clearly safe. Is it just me or do those plays always go against the Mets. Maybe it is just me.
Willie Harris got a lucky hit and I thought, “Oh good this could break him out!” About 1 minute later he tried to steal 2nd down by a run and was thrown out by a mile. Let’s just say a certain Metsnewsnow blogger felt like punching a hole in the wall, but didn’t. ANYWAYS, there is no excuse to stealing there unless you know that you will be safe. Uncalled for there.
Grade for the Game: C-
- Jon Niese started for the Mets and went 5 2/3 innings while giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts.
- Ike Davis hit a line drive homerun into right field. It was a bullet.
- Jason Pridie somehow still has power as he hit his 3rd big league homer. A go-ahead 3 run homer.
- Jose Reyes went 3 for 4 with 2 triples and a double.
- Jason Bay had 2 hits and an RBI single.
- Carlos Beltran had a hit and a sac fly.
Ike Davis’ homers always go farther than expected. He gets amazing carry on his balls. This one didn’t need it, it got out in a hurry.
Jon Niese struggled in the first, but really settled down afterwards. After a 30 pitch first he got through 5 2/3 and could have gone 6.
The bullpen was great tonight. Iggy, Izzy, and Frankie all pitched well.
Jose Reyes is electric. Seriously he is an amazing player. I can’t describe the emotion and energy when he is in the lineup.
The Mets are 9-3 with Jason Bay in the lineup.
Grade for the Game: B+
- R.A. Dickey pitched 6 ok innings tonight and let up 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.
- Jose Reyes went 3 for 3 with 3 walks, a double, and an RBI.
- Gee and Izzy got through the 7th and 8th While K-Rod got out of a 1st and 3rd 0 out jam unharmed in the 9th.
- Buchholz gave up the go ahead homer in the 10th to Aubrey Huff.
- Carlos Beltran went 2 for 4 with a 3 run homer.
- Ike Davis went 1 for 4 with a 2 run homer.
- Wright and Pridie had a hit each while Thole got 3 hits.
This was a game that the Mets should have won. They had bases loaded and 1 out in the bottom of the 9th and grounded into a double play. Clearly a shame.
Jose Reyes was spectacular getting on base 6 straight times today. If he can play like that, Sandy will surely try and resign him.
Ike Davis and Carlos Beltran both hit rockets, Carlos’ was a liner, and Ike’s was normal for him…a bomb.
R.A. Dickey looked great through 3, but those 4th and 5th innings where he gave up 6 runs they just killed him. The Giants just hit everything up the middle.
Even with the homer, the bullpen still pitched very well.
Grade for the Game: B-
- Chris Capuano started for the Mets and went 5 2/3 innings. He let up 10 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.
- Byrdak pitched a scoreless 1/3 of an inning and Beato pitched 2 scoreless innings.
- Ike Davis went 2 for 4 with an RBI double.
- Reyes had 2 hits a double and a sac fly and David Wright went 0 for 4 with an RBI groundout.
- Josh Thole had 3 hits.
Chris Capuano tonight was good for a 5th starter as he kept the Mets in the game. I like how he did not walk anyone, but was concerned over the 10 hits.
Ike Davis is hitting over .350 and it’s almost the end of April.
The Mets are still playing well, but just missed out today. 1 hit with RISP and they win today’s game.
The winning streak had to end sometime, let’s start a new one in Philly!
Grade for the Game: B
- Daniel Murphy had a huge game going 2 for 2 with a solo homer and a 2 run double in the 8th and 9th inning.
- R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and went 6 2/3 innings let up 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts.
- Hu hit a game tying sac fly and Turner had an RBI single.
- Bay and Ike each had 2 hits.
- Wright, Reyes, Harris, and Nickeas all had hits.
- Igarashi, K-rod, and Beato all had scoreless outings.
Dickey looked really good tonight. He had his control back and pitched well. He kept the Mets in the game.
Bay has been a catalyst for this club since the moment he stepped foot in the diamond. Different player so far in 2011.
Reyes hit a ball today and went for a triple but was called for oversliding the bag for the second out of the 8th inning. Reyes flipped, Terry was out there before you could blink and no body got thrown out because it was such a bad call. Seriously a different situation and they might have been out of the game. Chip Hale had to hold Reyes back from the Umpire.
Daniel Murphy’s home run was huge for the Mets tying the game after the terrible call on Reyes. Gave everyone Mets related energy and in my opinion won the game.
What a game for the Mets, it seemed all the air was taken out of the balloon when Reyes was called out but Murphy came up and hit the homer and right there when I saw the energy from everybody I knew we were going to win this game. Even down one in the 9th after the unearned run, I still felt something special for this game. That Murphy home run just…words can not describe his performance tonight.
AMAZIN’ NIGHT METS! LETS GO! 6 IN A ROW!
Grade for the Game: A+ (It takes a lot to get an A+ out of me)